Saturday, November 6, 2010

New East Fife manager John Robertson has notched his first win as boss at Bayview in his second match in charge, in what was a very assured and positive team performance.

Last week's 4-1 debacle away to Dumbarton, that saw East Fife finish the game with 9 men, was quickly brushed aside and it was a thumping by the same scoreline that was handed out to Alloa Athletic at Bayview this afternoon.

Things started brightly when Bobby Linn hit a 30 yard curler after 16 minutes to give the home side the lead at the break. Fears were there of another collapse though after losing the lead when Scott Walker hit the equaliser five minutes into the second period.

Any fears were unfounded though when East Fife took over and Steve Hislop fired us back into the lead on 55 minutes. A brace from Robert Sloan completed the rout and it was happy faces all around Bayview. A rare site at times so far this season.

What was also good to see was the reception that ex boss Stevie Crawford got when he came on as a sub late on. As "there's only one Stevie Crawford" echoed around lower Methil, it must have been reassuring to the ex gaffer that the fans were still on his side and hadn't wanted him to leave the post so soon and with work still for him to do.

Not many managers would have the guts to stay on as a player after resigning. Stevie is a class act.

The win has given the Fife 12 points from 12 games with a goal difference of zero in the topsy turvy start to the season. It also moved them up to 7th place and with a firm rebuilding strategy beginning to take shape we may still have some promotion playoff matches to look forward to in May.

C'mon the Fife.

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